Does anyone have an N number for their IRIS yet? I've come across an issue that's stumping me.

To fly commercially, one needs a 333, a COA, and a registered aircraft with an N number (among other things). You cannot currently apply for a COA without an N number. According to this FAA guidance, getting an N number requires, among other things, "A full description of the UAS provided by the manufacturer, builder or applicant in a Notarized statement."

Well, I just got a response from 3DR about getting such a Notarized statement from them, which consisted of this:

"Thank you for contacting 3D Robotics.
We are unable to provide you with the documentation you are requesting.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Have a great day!"

So what now? I can't comply with the FAA without that document, and it seems like kind of an absurd mandate. Is DJI providing notarized documents? Yuneec? What's going on here? Thanks for any insight.

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Unless when they say "applicant", meaning me, they mean I can just take my user's manual to get Notarized?

Hi Justin,  I do not believe any of the other manufacturers will provide that document either.  I know there are other folks in the community that have gotten their exemptions with their IRIS+ and Solo so I'll defer to them to tell you how they got it.  But my guess is that you can satisfy that requirement as the "applicant".  You can get the description from our description pages and then get the document notarized yourself.

Justin, PM sent. Let's chat about this. 

Full list of Iris with N numbers here maybe you could ask one of the folks that have already done it.

Thank you, that sure makes more sense then requiring manufacturers to provide something for every commercial craft they sell.

Ha! That's a great resource, thanks.

Thanks, that does help.

We recently registered a Solo (N993DR) We did not have to get a letter from 3DR. We used the older method of using a 8050-88 and the 8050-1 with a receipt from Best Buy to show it was purchased in the US. It took less than 30 days to get our registration back. I'm told that they are going away from this approach but to my knowledge it still works.

@Christian Stallings, thanks for your comments. This is the best and only way to do this currently. The Federal Register has this information posted on possible future registration requirements:

Perhaps there is a need for a wiki on how to register an N numbered drone? I'm sure not only would it be beneficial to the community but it would probably make the folks in Oklahoma City happy as well when they receive the paperwork.

So how would one go about registering a Luminier Danaus with a Pixhawk FC?

I recommend that people follow the "Petitioning for Exemption under Section 333" checklist the the FAA provides for now. I would guess that the new registration rules would take effect sometime early to middle of next year. 

To get updated information on all things 333 and UAS I would recommend that you subscribe to receive news from the FAA here:


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